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  • Vermont airport expansion work to start soon Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 7:33 AM ET

    COVENTRY, Vt.— Construction is scheduled to start soon on expansion of the Newport State Airport in Vermont after it was awarded $8.8 million in grants for a new runway and other upgrades.

  • No Labels gathers allies in DC to start 2016 push Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Lawmakers and strategists from both parties are gathering to outline a plan to save Social Security, add 25 million jobs and balance the federal budget. A No Labels-backed Problem Solvers caucus formed on Capitol Hill and attracted close to 100 lawmakers. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat and a No Labels supporter.

  • Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it's unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP had advertised.

  • Probe: HealthCare.gov website must boost security Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 3:54 PM ET

    The Government Accountability Office said the Obama administration must resolve more than 20 specific security issues related to who can get into the system, who can make changes in it and what to do in case the complex network fails.

  • Vermont Health Connect website is shut down Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 | 8:10 AM ET

    WINOOSKI, Vt.— The state has temporarily shut down the Vermont Health Connect website so it can be fixed before the start of the next open enrollment period, which begins Nov. 15, Gov.

  • FTC asked to consider utility's renewable claims Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— A group of four environmentalists on Monday asked the Federal Trade Commission to determine if Vermont's largest electric utility is making deceptive claims about some of the renewable energy it produces.

  • Vermont rail upgrade grant rejected by feds Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— A Vermont Transportation Agency official said Monday he was disappointed the state didn't get a federal grant that would have helped complete an upgrade to the rail system between Rutland and Burlington, but officials remain committed to restoring passenger rail service to the route.

  • Tiny college launches $2M fundraising challenge Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    Sterling College President Matthew Derr said Monday that an anonymous donor has pledged a gift of $1 million for the Craftsbury Common college to be matched by donations from trustees, alumni, and friends. Sterling College has 124 students, one of the smallest four-year schools in the country, but the number is up 25 percent in the last two years.

  • In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    With little fanfare, the Burlington Electric Department crossed the threshold this month with the purchase of the 7.4- megawatt Winooski 1 hydroelectric project on the Winooski River at the city's edge.

  • Slow Money invests in small food enterprises Saturday, 13 Sep 2014 | 12:19 PM ET

    Since the national network started in 2010, Slow Money networks and investment clubs around the country, including in Maine, Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, and in cities like Boston and New York, have made a total of $38 million in investments in 350 small food enterprises.

  • Utah ski resort sold amid long legal battle Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 | 12:55 PM ET

    SALT LAKE CITY— One of Utah's largest ski areas was sold to Vail Resorts Inc. Thursday, resolving a legal battle between two ski titans and paving the way for the creation of what could be the country's largest resort. The Colorado- based company is already leasing the upper 3,000 acres of slopes, but couldn't use them without the base area owned by Powdr Corp..

  • Conn. wins $8.2 million to upgrade freight rail Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— Eastern Connecticut will receive an $8.2 million federal grant to upgrade freight rail that officials say will spur economic development and drive more traffic through the port of New London.

  • Vermont to publish lists of delinquent taxpayers Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Under a new law, the Vermont Department of Taxes will start issuing lists by the end of the year of 100 individual taxpayers and 100 business taxpayers with the highest amounts of unpaid tax debt. The law, enacted in June, allows the state's commissioner of taxes the ability to compile and publish the lists on the department's website.

  • Vermont uses new technology to speed bridge repair Sunday, 7 Sep 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— Last month, construction crews placed a series of hollow tubes over the Wanzer Brook in Fairfield as part of a Vermont Transportation Agency program that uses new technology to cut construction time, save money and reduce the backlog of bridges that need replacement.

  • FairPoint unions vow to take fight to 'new level' Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Maine— Leaders of two unions representing more than 1,700 FairPoint Communications workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont say they're going after the CEO, board members and corporate owners for refusing to negotiate. As part of that effort, the unions picketed this week outside a New York event where FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu was speaking.

  • Solar project near prison dedicated Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt.— A solar project near Vermont's Northeast Regional Correctional Facility will provide the prison with 10 percent of its power needs. The St. Johnsbury project is one of 10 like it at correctional facilities across the state. Peter Shumlin dedicated the project Thursday.

  • Burlington completes buy of Winooski hydro project Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    BURLINGTON, Vt.— The city of Burlington and its municipal electric utility have completed the $16.3 million purchase of the 7.4 megawatt Winooski One Hydroelectric Facility in the Winooski River. City officials say Burlington now owns or has enough contracts with renewable energy facilities to provide 100 percent of the city's electric needs.

  • Vermont Gas cleared to install pipeline Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    MONTPELIER, Vt.— The state Public Service Board has cleared Vermont Gas Systems to install pipeline near power lines over concerns that a chemical used to treat utility poles could be disturbed by the construction.

  • Sodexo pledges to buy more Vermont food Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    RANDOLPH, Vt.— International food service company Sodexo on Thursday pledged to buy more Vermont- produced food for the colleges, schools and businesses it serves in the state, saying that will lead to more local jobs and provide the freshest, best-quality food to its customers.

  • Officials urge farmer signup for dairy protection Thursday, 4 Sep 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    EAST MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont's top agriculture officials and two congressional members are urging the state's dairy farmers to enroll in a new price protection program that pays farmers when the difference between milk and feed prices shrink to a certain level.